Taking a smart approach to building ventilation

14:30 - Thursday 7th October 2021

Spaces & Infrastructure

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The way buildings are ventilated is under intense scrutiny in the wake of the pandemic. The importance of being able to dilute airborne contaminants and reduce disease transmission in indoor spaces is now at the top of the political agenda. The government's chief scientist Sir Patrick Vallance commissioned a report on the topic and the British Medical Association has urged the government set legal standards for building ventilation.

The BESA Health & Well-being in Buildings group has produced two pieces of practical guidance on how to achieve good Indoor Air Quality this year in response to growing calls for help from building users and managers. Both pinpoint the importance of using smart technology to monitor and measure a wide range of harmful indoor contaminants and using that data to set strategies for reducing the risk to occupants.

The group's chair Nathan Wood of Farmwood Ventilation will lead a session and draw on the expertise of IAQ practitioners who know what is achievable in all types of buildings and how our industry can address the challenges identified in the Vallance report.

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Nathan Wood

Managing Director - BESA WBB Chairman

Farmwood M&E Ltd

Nathan Wood is Managing Director of Farmwood M&E Ltd, Chairman of the BESA Well-being in Buildings Group as well as Chair of the GCP Europe Indoor Environmental Quality Task Force.
Nathan has wealth of knowledge across the building engineering sector, particularly in the ventilation & air quality sector, an advocate of clean air technology and straight talking

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Jennie Davies

Head Of Key Accounts

Linaker Ltd

I started out my career in FM at the tender age of 20, working client side for a major high street department store and supermarket.

The 7 years spent working for this well known and respected business gave me a wide opportunity to learn the process and procedures which sit behind delivering a great service. I enjoyed various roles throughout my time with them including parts/quotes & helpdesk manager and ending my time there as supply chain manager for over 377 contractors, managing compliance for every single store and depot within the estate. I moved to work for one of my subcontractors which is where I started my journey within M&E. Having had years of experience working on the client side of the table, the move allowed me to take my real life experiences into the delivery of M&E, allowing me to create a bespoke, unique and personal delivery of top class engineering, whilst upholding the clients drivers and what is important to them. Taking this stance allows me to think openly about all solutions available and engineer the perfect solution for my clients needs

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Lauren De'ath

Field Service Supervisor


I am a Field Service Supervisor working for Linaker since August 2021.

I started In the industry almost 10 years ago with a 4 year electrical apprenticeship with QinetiQ (MOD).
This covered works with a range from ELV to 11kv HV systems. I worked on critical equipment such as radar equipment covering the coast of Wales for land, sea and air trials that took place on various sites and also works such as data rooms that were essential to Heathrow and Barclays.
I also gained my qualifications in Domestic and Commercial gas and F-gas during my time with QinetiQ.

Since leaving QinetiQ I have worked with retailers such as Tesco, B&M, Wickes, Wilko, Premier inn, Beefeater, Boots, Aldi and Superdrug.

I have managed small teams of up to 10 engineers in all aspects of service and maintenance, installations and surveys. I aim to deliver a high quality service, structure and planning being key, a service that our customers are confident in.

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